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Sunday, September 23, 2018

June & July

My habit of blogging every week has become a monthly habit and now more of a tri-anual event.  Writing to Spencer on his mission has taken its place it seems psychologically speaking.  But I realized that I need to play some catch up before events become too fuzzy.

In June we got to enjoy Strawberry Days on a smaller scale this year.  We went to the annual concert in the park where Jeremy laid in his anti-gravity chair, we visited with friends, and ate strawberries.  We went to the fireman pancake breakfast and car show.  I had to work during the parade but Jeremy and Taylor got to be in the parade while Robyn watched with friends and Allison did a weekend with Kaori.  Then Jeremy went to bed with Taylor and the girls plus Kaori and I got to enjoy the Rodeo.  I love Strawberry Days.  It sums up everything I love about Pleasant Grove.

June I got to go to Girl's Camp with both of my girls for a week just outside Sardine Canyon in Wellsville.  Allison was a YCL this year with Ashley Court and loved it.  Robyn got to be a beehive and learn how awesome camp and friendships can be.  It was super hot during the day and we enjoyed ice cold showers with a hose set up in the middle of the field.  Slip n slides, tons of food and crafts, cows that mooed at us early in the morning, and late night karoke singing.  Too little sleep and wonderful friends to relax and play with.

We had a formula this year of a group activity, a physical game and a spiritual activity every day.  Lots of down time to relax and play games as well.  Probably my favorite activity was where girls did a choose your own adventure activity and picked up rocks representing burdens and trials along the way.  At the end they laid them in front of a picture of Christ and we talked about how Christ transforms our burdens for us.

While we were enjoying Girls Camp, Spencer was thriving on his mission with a trip to the Manti Temple Pagent.

In July Robyn did a volleyball camp and swim team and Allison worked a bunch at Chubby's.  Jeremy helped me get our volunteer hours during one of Robyn's swim meets.  She has gotten so fast and loves swimming.

And of course we had the annual 7-11 celebration of slurpees.

Jeremy began biking again and working from home.

Then with Jeremy doing well, I checked Taylor into respite and took my girls and niece Kayla for a girls weekend to St. George.  For Christmas we had given our girls season tickets to Tuachan so we went down to see Cinderella and Prince of Egypt.  Super hot and amazing.  We got pedicures, hiked in Snow Canyon, went to the flea market, did our back to school shopping, ate lots, swam, did baptisms at the St. George Temple, and just had a great time together.

In our aim to pack in as much as fun as we could this summer between surgery and school we went to a Pentatonix Concert one night which was awesome.

And of course a few post surgery visits such as getting follow up immunizations.  Since they had to go up to SLC anyway, Jasper came along for his shots and Allison to act as chauffeur.

Spencer continued to enjoy his mission, his companion and everything he was learning.  Love seeing him grow up.